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When Should You Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?
Let's Look At These Questions
Does your Home still have an old-style fuse panel?
Are your current circuits overloaded?
Have circuits been "doubled-up" on breakers?
Has new wiring been added over the years, and does it meet code?
Has your Insurance Company refused to renew your home insurance policy?
Is your panel over 15 years old?
If you've answered yes to any of the above, it may be time to upgrade your electrical panel. Luckily, Harwich Port Heating & Cooling is here to help!
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Do you have a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) breaker or panel in your home? Learn More.
Do you have a Zinsco breaker or panel in your home? Learn More.
Homes equipped with these two brands are at a greater risk of fire and other electrical hazards.
Do you have a panel with another manufacturer's breaker in it? BEWARE! This can happen fairly easily because many brands are mechanically interchangeable (which means they may "fit"), but in most cases, this will VOID the UL listing of both the panel and breaker due to improper installation. If there were a fire and it was decided that the panel played a part in it, this action may then void your Insurance Policy.
Modern Circuit Breaker Panels
Modern Circuit Breaker Panels are more convenient and are built to far higher safety standards than outdated fuse panels.
Extra protection is incorporated into the latest equipment in the form of circuit breakers. The circuit breakers protect every device in the house with sensitive circuitry that responds quickly if there is a fault, opening the circuit and eliminating the risk of danger. There is also excellent protection available in the form of Ground-Fault Circuit Breakers and Arc-Fault Circuit Breakers.
Older equipment and wiring systems did not have to support the modern appliances of our day. Overloading and doubling up of circuits is commonly seen on older outdated fuse panels, the result of improper installations that were never inspected. This can cause fires. Upgrading or replacing these dangers in your home by installing a new Circuit Breaker Panel can eliminate these potentially dangerous situations.
STILL NOT SURE?
Reasons to Upgrade Your Panel
Reduce the chance of an electrical fire.
Eliminate doubled-up circuits.
Eliminate the need to replace fuses, or the chance to install the wrong size fuse, which is a common fire hazard.
Capacity to add additional circuits in the future.
First, have your system inspected by one of our highly qualified technicians. They will help you to decide whether you should have your outdated fuse or breaker panel replaced with a modern Circuit Breaker Panel.
Call Harwich Port Heating & Cooling at (508) 593-9436 today to schedule an appointment.